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Test Setup And Benchmarks

Premium Two-Channel PC Speaker Roundup

Most PC speaker reviews are limited to subjective opinions. While those are quite useful, this is Tom’s Hardware. We’re going to try to go a little deeper than that with some objective measurements, too.

Our measurements are taken with a calibrated Apex 220 measurement microphone, with phantom power supplied by TubeMP preamp. The measurement software we’re using is TrueRTA audio spectrum analyzer level 4, found at Testing is done in a 25’x15’ room with the microphone pointed upward 25” from the speaker satellites. Only one satellite is used for testing to minimize phase cancellation.

Mini-ITX Half-Height Build

AMD Phenom II X4 705e
2.5 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache, 65 W TDP


Asus M4A88T-I Deluxe Socket AM3
Chipset: AMD 880G, BIOS 0410

Onboard Gigabit LAN controller

Mushkin PC3 10700 SO-DIMM
  2 x 2048 MB, 1333 MT/s, CL 9-9-9-24-1T


Radeon HD 5570 Reference
650 MHz GPU, 512 MB DDR3 at 900 MHz

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB
7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA 3.0Gb/s


In-Win IP-AD120-2
160 W (included with case)

Realtek ALC889
High-Definition Audio Codec
Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 x64
DirectX versionDirectX 11
Graphics Drivers
AMD Catalyst 10.11
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